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iOS 15 – What are the Essential Features of the Apple latest iPhone Update

Before the iOS 15 release date, many had tried out the Beta version of the same. But most of the people had a common question about when is the iOS 15 coming out. The Beta version of the update was offered following the WWDC 2021 conference that was conducted on June 7th. It may be mentioned here that the iOS 15 update support devices comprise only iPhone devices up to the 6th generation. Reports also suggest that Apple plans to keep aside or desert the iPhone SE. Let us find out more about the features below. 

iOS 15 – Features and more

If you are wondering when is iOS 15 coming out, reports say that you can download not just the Beta version but the full version of the update from September 20th, 2021. Before we proceed to the features, let us find out the compatible devices with the update first. 

  • iPhone 13 series
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE 2020 (2nd Generation)
  • iPod touch (7th Generation)

Apple released iOS 14.8 which addressed an Apple security issue. 

Let us find out the features of the iOS 15 update here. 

  • FaceTime Upgrades

Spatial audio and there is support for both Android and Windows. The video chats look more natural. It looks like Zoom calls and you will be able to see all the people you are connected to on the FaceTime call in the grid view. You can also schedule calls and share invites or links. 

  • iMessage new features

With the iOS 15 update, there are a few new features related to iMessage that you will be able to enjoy. These features are related to articles, playlists, news, and photos. If you happen to receive photographs over iMessage, all these pictures will appear in form of a collage and you will be able to swipe the photos one after the other. In case you would like to go back to these photos once again, you can do so in a shared folder. The same applies to news, articles, and playlists that you will find in the Shared with You Folder. 

  • Update of Apple Maps

With the new update, the Apple Maps gets additional features like elevation data, the color of the roads you are looking for, labels, 3D landmarks, driving directions, and all these are also available in the night mode. 

If public transportation is what you are looking for, pin the nearby stops or station-related information on your device or Apple Watch. You will receive automated updates and receive notifications as you ride and are about to reach your destination stop or station. 

While you travel on foot, a new feature related to augmented reality will allow you to scan the buildings and the structures nearby with the camera on the iPhone so that it can determine the location and direction accurately. 

Apple Maps will also warn you about bad weather and send warnings in the routes that you are taking if you see it in the suggested route. If you are new to a place and not sure about how the journey will turn out to be, you get notification about flash floods, if it is likely to happen on the route that you have embarked upon. 

  • Facial Recognition features

Apple announced that it would add the feature of ID Card support for Wallet in the iOS 15 addition. This new feature will let you carry digital versions of identification cards that are issued by the government such as your driving license on the iPhone you are using. However, this feature will be available only for users in the United States. 

Apple might also be making use of facial recognition selfies so that it can validate the digital ID Cards when you add them to your wallet. 

Having said about the features of iOS 15, let us find out how you how to update your iPhone.

How to download iOS 15?

The iOS update is available nowadays. If you have received a notification from Apple that you are eligible to update, here is what you must do for the same. 

  • Update as per message from Apple else you can manually do so as well that is explained in the points below.
  • Go to the Settings app, General, Software Update, Go to Available section, tap on Upgrade iOS 15. 
  • If you already have the Beta version on your iPhone, you must first uninstall it and then download the final version of the operating system. 

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